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The play about a former comedy duo, which will be produced by Sonia Friedman, is aiming for an April 2012 opening. Thea Sharrock will direct.
Playwright Simon, according to the London paper, will rewrite some of the dialogue. Griffiths is set to play level-headed Al Lewis with DeVito as the more argumentative Willy Clark.
Producer Friedman told The Daily Mail, "I think these two — Richard and Danny — and the play will be just what we need to give us all a lift."
The production will likely play through July with Broadway a possibility.
DeVito is a star of "Taxi" on the small screen and "Romancing the Stone" and "Throw Mamma From the Train" on the large.
"Lewis and Clark were the kings of comedy," state earlier Sunshine Boys press notes, "too bad they can't stand one another! A staple on the Vaudeville circuit, they kept audiences in stitches for decades, making six appearances on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' Now estranged for decades, they agree (at the request of Willie Clark's long-suffering nephew Ben) to reunite for one last performance – but can they get through the sketch without killing one another?"
The Sunshine Boys opened on Broadway on December 20, 1972, at the Broadhurst Theatre with Sam Levene and Jack Albertson as Al Lewis and Willie Clark. A 1997 revival co-starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.